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MAD ELF

In the mischievous and off-beat way that David Sedaris writes -- often about his own life -- you can only imagine the antics of his anti-holiday hit "The Santaland Diaries." Based on his experience as an elf in Macy's Santaland, the dark comedy reflects on his interactions with shoppers during this hectic holiday season.

The show has become a seasonal favorite for Washingtonians, now in its fourth incarnation, but this year is sure to please with the new RedRum at Fort Fringe venue (612 L St. NW), the addition of Foley sound and the amazing physical comedy of local actor Joe Brack.

The show runs through Dec. 23, with a possible extension after Christmas. Tickets are $20 at cityartisticpartnerships.org.

ART HEALING

American abstract painter Jackson Pollock turned the modern world upside down by famously pouring and dripping paint onto large canvasses. Several artists in the ART Options program have honored the artist by painting their own Pollock-inspired pieces, and they invite you to come see their work. St. John's Community Services-DC has teamed up with Mandarin Oriental Hotel (1330 Maryland Ave. SW) for the "Paint Like Pollock" gallery opening from 6 to 8 p.m. where you can mingle with the artists.

Painting is one of the many activities St. John's Community Services provides for those with disabilities. The nonprofit organization strives to help them become more active in their community through their educational, community living and employment services.

ROARING PARTY

It's "Repeal Week" at Jack Rose Dining Saloon (2007 18th St. NW), which can only mean one thing -- an endless supply of whisky. The restaurant is saluting the 21st Amendment with an unforgettable 1920s bash. Sip prohibition-priced cocktails and enjoy a 1920s inspired four-course meal for only $20. You'll also have access to later Repeal Day Party festivities starting at 10 p.m., equipped with burlesque performances, cigars and a never-before-seen Basement Punch Bar.

Can't make it? The restaurant will be serving a special 1920s a la carte menu all week long featuring dishes like Steamed Quail Buns with roast quail, charred scallion and plum sauce and Lobster Thermidor with Maine lobster and brandy cream. Jack Rose beer director Nahem Simon will even have series of extremely rare beers on draft.

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